As circumstances continue to evolve around the pandemic, so does the way we move, interact and do business. The travel industry, which impacts all the above, has encountered and embraced substantial change over the last several months. For business travelers, what was once commonplace — a ticket purchase, pass through security and stop by concessions — faced extended pause. For industry leaders, raising the bar on health and safety standards was first in order.
In the Greater Washington region, like other metropolitan areas across the country, we’ve witnessed the effects and benefits of an active business travel market: bolstering our economies by bringing life to our restaurants, retail spots and meeting points. Prior to the pandemic, business travel generated over $334 billion in direct spending nationally, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Consumer spending from leisure and business travel and tourism in the District of Columbia alone supported 78,266 jobs annually; those jobs supported $4.51 billion in wages, per Destination DC. The impact of travel is mighty.
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